I came across this awhile ago, but thought I'd blog about it, finally!
The National Wildlife Federation has a neat program that will allow you to certify your yard as a certified wildlife habitat. It doesn't take too much work either and it's only a simple $20 application fee.
All you need to do is provide elements from each of the following areas:
- Food Sources - For example: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
- Water Sources - For example: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
- Places for Cover - For example: Thicket, rockpile, birdhouse
- Places to Raise Young - For example: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
- Sustainable Gardening - For example: Mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer